In the Detroit Red Wings’ first visit back to Bridgestone since last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nashville Predators continued the domination of their Central Division rival. And of course, in typical Nashville fashion, the game went to overtime. I think the entire league has come to expect this type of ending in all honesty.
Life was good as a Predators fan in the first period. Craig Smith scored on the power play five minutes in to give Nashville the early lead. Life got even better as Gabriel Bourque swooped in to make the game 2-0 in Nashville’s favor. Even when Detroit made themselves a place on the board with a short-handed goal from Daniel Clearly, Preds fans remained hopeful that tonight would be a regulation win.
Despite a “no goal” call on Preds captain Weber just a few minutes from the end of the first, the Predators kept their play on track into the second period as Detroit launched an all-out attack on the Nashville net.
But come the third period, in classic fashion, the Preds game became tied. In not so classic fashion, the tying goal came from former Predator and fan favorite Jordin Tootoo – his first goal as a Red Wing. Can you say awkward?
However the tie happened, Nashville took back the one point lead a minute and a half later thanks the Roman Josi. But that’s not all folks! A mere thirty seconds later, Detroit star Pavel Datsyuk re-tied the game at 3-3, where the point total sat as Predators fans watched their regulation game dreams go down the drains.
Oh overtime, how I loathe you. My guess is that Shea Weber does too, considering the game ended on a high note with a goal for Nashville just forty-four seconds into overtime from the illustrious captain. This makes for three goals and two assists in the last two games for Weber.
Up next, the Predators host the Vancouver Canucks Friday night, 8pm EST. Maybe we’ll even have a regulation game?